While the likes of Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen have stepped up in his absence, there’s little doubt Tottenham Hotspur miss the presence of an in-form Erik Lamela.
One of few options in Mauricio Pochettino’s squad who can genuinely frighten opposition defences by bringing the ball from deep at pace, the Argentine had largely been moving to put a disappointing first campaign behind him and become the sort of player those in his native South America expect him to be.
Still, it’s been a strange season for ‘Coco’, who hasn’t appeared for Spurs for five months as a result of a supposed injury. Now, the Daily Mail claim the 25-year-old is unlikely to play for the club this season after a reported scan showed no sign of a hip problem, as was previously feared it seems.
One of the club’s most expensive signings in history, the former Roma man is understood to be training on his own and is said to be unlikely to feature in the closing stages of the season.
A popular figure amongst the Lilywhites’ support, his prolonged absence has been a major talking point online for a while now and fans have taken to Twitter to vent their frustration at the Mail’s report.
With that in mind, here’s a look at how Tottenham fans reacted to the latest Lamela means.
Erik Lamela, the mystery deepens.
— Nikki (@NikkiH_27) March 28, 2017
— ⚽ Cody J. Roy ⚽ (@codyr1799) March 27, 2017
@RickSpur thats just sad, when he finally got in form and played well 🙁 hope thats just rumours
— Tottenham! (@FollowsSpurs) March 28, 2017
— StevieB (@5tevieBee) March 28, 2017
— Martin Layzell (@MartinLayzell) March 27, 2017
— Big Mike (@mikedoubleu61) March 27, 2017